Brand: Caol Ila
Type: Single Malt
Region: Scotland – Islay
Strength: 59.1% ABV
A sherry-forward edition of the yearly Diageo Special Releases unpeated Caol Ila. This 2018 bottling was matured in refill and rejuvenated American-oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts, which give a balance of elegant vanilla and orchard fruit, and richer, sherry oak flavour.
Nose: Sweet pine and brine notes follow along with a touch of meatiness. Then the sherry-casks make themselves known: sultanas, chocolate and a touch of citrus peel.
Palate: Stewed apples and sultanas lead, with fruit cake not far behind. Rich spice builds.